One of the most uniquely qualified and prescient guests on my radio show is Dr. Marilyn Singleton. She is not only a doctor, but a lawyer too, and she is black. Accordingly, she has an incredibly deep and rich perspective on medicine, the law and race relations unlike any other. We recently had a very meaningful discussion on a column she wrote for The Conservative Pundit entitled “Eugenics, Euthanasia, Infanticide and the Lord’s Work.”
Whereas the left in America wants to continuously beat up our founding fathers and others for various sins of the past, including the institution of slavery, they have thus far given themselves a pass for the vestiges of other forms of discrimination that remain alive and well to this day. This discrimination has long been countenanced in our society under the guise of a woman’s right to choose to abort a child, especially if the child is diagnosed in-vitro as suffering from an abnormality such as a birth defect. How else to explain that we have practically “cured” Down syndrome by way of abortion, to put it kindly?
With the guidance of Dr. Singleton, let’s further consider the words “birth defect” in light of our history and present values. Those words mean different things to different people. Back in the early 1900s, the American Breeders Association (people, not dogs) issued a report analyzing the problem of unfit people messing up our gene pool. As Dr. Singleton reports, the subsequent Model Eugenical Sterilization Law became “the blueprint for the sterilization of the socially inadequate including the feebleminded, insane, criminalistic, epileptic, inebriate, diseased, blind, deaf, deformed, dependent, orphans, ne’er do-wells, tramps, the homeless and paupers. By the 1920s, 33 states had compulsory sterilization laws.”
Dr. Singleton went on to say that Margaret Sanger, the Founder of Planned Parenthood, “advocated for mandatory IQ testing for the lower classes and the issuance of government-approved parenthood permits as a prerequisite to having children.” In essence, Margaret Sanger figured sterilization was cheaper and more efficient in the long run than segregation. This all begs the question, why is Margaret Sanger still considered an icon in our society to this day? But I digress.
None of these sentiments occurred in a vacuum and neither have they disappeared from our society. Robert Zubrin, PhD, wrote a book called “The Merchants of Despair” that explained this dastardly ideological runaway train. Basically, it started with the false prophet and prognosticator Thomas Malthus who centuries ago predicted that human population growth would imminently outstrip the resources of the planet, leading to an ecological genocide of the human race. Up next to bat was Charles Darwin, who taught us that it is only natural for the strong to survive. The cleanup batter was Margaret Sanger and her fellow eugenicists who figured that the strong had a right and moral duty to eradicate the weak and inferior races by way of sterilizing and aborting the offspring of the same. What a wonderful world.
To this day, I still hear radical environmentalists quoting Malthus while ignoramus feminazis prostrate themselves at the feet of Margaret Sanger, the mother of unwashed white privilege.